30 Inspiring Ideas To Develop Content For Your Blog

The challenge for any blogger personal or corporate is to continually come up with content that brings the readers and viewers back to the blog. The corporate blog should not be about “selling” it is about educating and solving your customers problems. Do that and they will keep showing up to learn more and to find out how they solve those day to day challenges that life and business brings. 30 Inspiring Ideas To Develop Content For Your Blog

One thing you need to keep in mind is that content is not just text, it is any type of media and includes images, video and audio and all types of reincarnations of those such as PDF’s, eBooks, Powerpoint presentations and these can all be published onto social media platforms, such as YouTube, Flickr and Slideshare to name a few. You need to think like a publisher!

So how do you find the inspiration to develop and publish content for your blog. Here are 30 ideas to get you moving.

  1. When attending a conference take your Flipcam video cam with you and do some short one on one video interviews. You may need to contact them prior to the conference or you could be spontaneous, but you will need to keep it brief 2-5 minutes max.
  2. Write about industry News – whats happening this week, this month
  3. Read and develop content on industry Trends – where is the industry going, what are the emerging hot segments
  4. Find out about your customers Pain Points – Write posts that provide solutions for your customers problems
  5. Write about customers successes – Write up a case study about a clients successful project, they will often let you publish their name
  6. Publish content on what not to do! – highlighting where something hasn’t worked
  7. Create a video blog post by interviewing a successful client – this can a powerful providing authentic evidence of authority and credibility for both you and the client
  8. Write articles for the different types of customers that are relevant for each of  your vertical markets
  9. Brainstorm blog post topics with colleagues and management and create a list for future reference and planning
  10. Subscribe to the top industry blogs in your market, both company blogs and personal blogs for ideas
  11. Look through your latest news releases for ideas
  12. Look through your competitors latest news releases for a possible blog topic
  13. Sign up other staff to write on topics in your industry or market that they are passionate about
  14. Engage with bloggers that have expertise in your industry closely associated topics and give them a guest post slot once a month and then promise (and deliver) to promote them and the post
  15. Develop a series of “How To” blog posts
  16. Turn the “how to” blog posts into short videos
  17. Case studies are always popular to write about and not just your own
  18. Place Powerpoint presentations on your blog by posting  and then embedding links from Slideshare
  19. Run polls and surveys on your blog
  20. Take the results of your polls or survey and turn them into a blog post. A lot of people want know the results as over time the blog post is buried in the archives
  21. Revisit the comments of your blog and see if there is are elements or a theme that  you could write around a particular blog
  22. Subscribe to Google Alerts  in order to find ideas for new content
  23. Write an article about the top bloggers in your industry and promote them and tell peoiple why they are successful
  24. When speaking or presenting, record it on video and upload it to the company YouTube channel. It will be a constant resource for clients as well as adding to your websites SEO
  25. When a visiting speaker attends your organisation video their presentation and embed it in your blog
  26. Make a list of the top successful people in your industry and put in place a weekly schedule to interview them and you will then have a weekly highlight video blog post that will inspire your readers. And guess what! The leaders you interview will  promote that blog post to their social network
  27. Bundle up the best blog posts about about your niche and turn it into a PDF book that you can feature on your blog. You could sell the PDF for lets say $19. (37signals who took its own experiences as a web startup and published them on their corporate blog and monetized that over 2 years into a $750,000  revenue stream by publishing and then repackaging it)
  28. Take your video posts and turn it into an audio podcast add then develop and publish that into slideshow format  format content into a PDF
  29. Enlist a keen photographer in your company to take photos at events and then set up a company Flickr account post the photos to Flickr (this is also good for Search engine optimization). These photos could even be  used for inspiration for developing humorous posts about the office that personalizes your company
  30. Mount a video camera in your car if you are in an industry that involves getting out and about such as real estate and make a video blog while you are “on the job” (but not driving of course). Ian Watt from Vancouver does this and creates short video blog posts talking about the industry he is obviously passionate about.

These are just some of the ways you can develop your content for your blog. What other ideas do you have that have inspired your blogs content?

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  • http://www.peakprofitsllc.com Cathy Yerges

    All great ideas, Jeff! I’m newly inspired to write more creative posts for 2011. Thanks!

  • http://www.veroniqueschyns.com Véronique Schyns

    As a newcomer to writing blogs (about PR services), these are very helpful ideas. Many thanks for collecting, summarizing and inspiring.

  • http://blog.esimplestudios.com Gabriele Maidecchi

    It will take me a while to wrap my head around all these ideas Jeff. I love how you put the fact that corporate blogs shouldn’t be about selling. That’s what I firmly believe in as well.

  • http://blog.luislondon.com Luis London

    Really inspiring. I found myself not only applying this, but referring my clients to this article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/afelis Andreas Felis

    Have to bookmark or copy & paste your awesome list, Jeff! Quite a pile of good ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. Or thought about them and forgot about them again :-( Thanks for the new ideas and the reminder for those I already knew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/afelis Andreas Felis

    Have to bookmark or copy & paste your awesome list, Jeff! Quite a pile of good ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. Or thought about them and forgot about them again :-( Thanks for the new ideas and the reminder for those I already knew.

  • John Kremer

    For more ideas, check out 101 Ways to Blog as a Book Author: http://blog.bookmarket.com/2011/06/101-ways-to-blog-as-book-author-plus.html – a list I developed for author, but most also apply to other bloggers.

  • http://www.rothdistributing.com/ Joel Thielen

    Very cool. I am trail-blazing for my company with blogging and social media and this was extremely helpful. Still struggling a little on how to properly establish a voice for my company via tweets, facebook posts, blogs etc. Thanks for the good advice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=888490174 Elizabeth Joss

    Oh wow! My mind is really working now! Thanks so much for the great tips. 

  • http://www.stevecase.org/blog Steve (JoeBugBuster) Case

    That seems like *too many* ideas to digest at once, but I definitely see some that might do the trick. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Dion Kingi

    Great ideas here as I’ve just entered the world of corporate blogging and had no idea where to start. Cheers

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1022562556 Ahmed MH

    Great .. thx so much :)

  • http://e1evation.com Todd Lohenry

    How about using Google Reader to track the smartest people in your space and synthesize their content with your value added perspective?

    • http://raphaellove.com Raphael Love

      I use this all the time and it really works very well!

  • http://www.shopperswall.com/ @akundimohan

    This is an excellent article. It is showing some path to me in the dark. Great!! Now I am getting hope on my blog traffic.

  • Cesar Pazinatto

    Very good

  • http://racheloatesphotography.co.uk/blog Rachel Oates

    Really great post, thanks! Just got so many ideas 😀

  • Alex Cha

    Jeff is a great boy! Haha